Hi everyone! It’s Tara with Secretbees Studio.  Christmas is over and now is the time to start thinking about those New Year's resolutions. One that is always good and productive is keeping a journal but wouldn't it be more fun to keep track of your art journey?!

The new 'Hey Crafty Girl' paper collection from Simple Stories is full of vibrant and fabulous patterned papers and the cutest embellishments for any craft you can think of! I took all of these papers, along with the coordinating Simple Basics paper pack, and made this art journal that is perfect for documenting my crafty endeavors throughout the year!

The front and back covers, which are made from heavy weight chipboard and measure 6.24" x 8.75", feature four different patterns of the gorgeous paper. It was so hard to decide which ones to use! I loaded up the front cover with a combination of chipboard, stickers and Bits & Pieces and layered them over a charming 4x6 element card. I even tied on a sweet tag at the top!

Inside are 30 patterned paper and white card stock pages. Four of them are tabbed dividers which have been highlighted with some fun sentiment stickers to help keep me organized. They, along with all of the other pages, have been decorated with the phenomenally cute embellishments, stamps and stencil of the collection. There are pockets galore, journaling pages and plenty of room for photos or mementos! Below are some of my favorites in the journal!

If you are a crafter of any sort, this dazzling collection is for you! The possibilities to create are endless and the papers and every other adorable piece of this collection will definitely put a smile on your face! I'm so excited for the New Year to start documenting my art journey! If you want to make an art journal of your own, please visit my YouTube channel for a tutorial and look through the entire journal!


Hello Simple Stories friends!

Nathalie with you today with an new project all about Family Love!  The new  So Happy Together collection from Simple Stories is the perfect combination of design and sentiment.   I couldn't resist using it to document a picture of my family at my husband's birthday.

I started this page by using a cut file from Paige Evans to cut the word Family three times from white cardstock.  These were stacked and glued together to add dimension to the title, then backed each letter with papers from the collection.  The 6x8 paper pad is the right size to back the empty spaces.

The woodgrain paper - Hello Love paper- is the ideal background for the page.  I trimmed the paper to fit 11x12"and then glued it to the Our Story paper.   A bit of handstitching adds dimension and texture to the page

With so many beautiful sticker and sentiment embellishment in this collection, it was so easy to layer them in clusters around the picture and title.  

To finish the page, i added a cluster of embellishments to the bottom of the page.  The scalloped border sticker was a fine detailed that helped soften the edge of the page a bit.   All that was left to do was add my lines of journal.

I hope this has inspired to check the new So Happy Together collection from Simple Stories, you are going to love all the details and sentiments.   

Have a  Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!



Hi friends!  I hope you’re having a great day!  Today I’m excited to share eight cards made with the new Simple Stories My Valentine Collection!  This collection is loaded with vintage victorian era images that are absolutely romantic!

You’ll also find lots of beautiful roses and fun prints to mix and match. There’s a fun twist of modern in this collection too – a pop of teal mixed in with the traditional reds and pinks.

This collection is loaded with embellishments!  You have your choice of 12” paper prints for page layouts or 6x8” paper pad sheets with smaller prints for card making.   

The die cut printed images include Bits and Pieces images, Page Ephemera for documenting, and my favorite – chipboard stickers that add dimension and a rich look to your designs.

A mini sticker tablet is packed with sentiments, images, tabs and so much more.  I love to use what’s left after my card making to dress up my calendar or decorate envelopes.

Because the embellishments are made to work together you don’t have to worry about colors matching.  Everything is perfectly coordinated!

This collection also has a fun pack of washi tape with 3 fun prints.  I used the heart print on the above card to add a border along the bottom edge of the card.  A Chipboard Layered Frame is the focal point on my card, but would double as a cute frame for a photograph.

The Card Ephemera die cut pack has lots of images to embellish your card while the Bits and Pieces pack features sentiments so you’ll find one that’s perfect for everyone on your list

Love is in the air with the Simple Stories My Valentine Collection!


Hello lovely friends! It’s Kylie back with you today, to share a new layout I have been working on, featuring the gorgeous ‘Holly Jolly’ collection. I had some fun photos of my son wearing his Christmas shirt (*reluctantly….) and wanted to create something with lots of different layers.

To begin, I used some green cardstock from my craft stash as my base and adhered a sheet of WINTER WONDERLAND over the top. I had removed a 1cm edge from each side, creating a neat border effect.

I then trimmed a 2cm edge off the PEACE & JOY paper before measuring a 1 inch border all the way around and carefully cutting this out with a craft knife and ruler. The square piece I had once the border was removed, had a 1cm edge trimmed off each side.

Once I had completed these steps I adhered the frame/border piece and the inner square to my layout. This gave a lovely layered effect showcasing multiple borders.

I printed two square photos and added them positioned diagonally to each other, to some layered blocks of square papers on my background. I did this with foam tape so that they sat up a little for dimension.

For the two remaining squares, I added some layers of die cuts and stickers to create a small ‘picture within a picture’.

To complete my layout I added the ‘village scene’ sticker strip throughout the centre of my layout, followed by the ‘Believe’ chipboard sticker as my main title.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my layout today and it gives you a little inspiration for your own creating. Until next time,


Hi, Odessa here with a couple of fun SN@P! layouts using Simple Stories Holly Jolly. It’s such a great Christmas collection - it’s pretty, full of bold colours and icons and just a little bit sassy. I’ve been using it a ton while catching up on my December 2018 album. Today Im going to share a couple pages.

Here I did a full page layout next to a page with some cute 2x2 square pockets. I had too many great pictures from when we went winter camping and here I am highlighting a few favourites. The Simple Basics coordinating plain and subtly patterned paper made a great background for my 6x8 layout and the colours all go so great together.

I love clusters and layers and a full page layout is the best way to play around with them because there is so much space! I layered various torn cardstock from Holly Jolly under my photo and went from there I picked out a sticker from the Combo Sticker sheet as my title and worked around the photo layering Bits & Pieces, stickers of all kinds and those perfectlyy coordinated enamel dots. I sandwiched a floral Bits & Pieces die cut between some of the cardstock layers to create some balance with the title in the opposite corner.

I filled up the 2x2 pockets on the opposite pages with some of the SN@P! cards and cut outs from the 2x2 Elements cardstock. I kept embellishing on the photo simple with a sticker and enamel dot.

This SN@P! spread is about one of my fav family traditions, putting up our stockings and putting letters to Santa in them. I used a lot of reds around the page and love how they pop!

The corner of this 4x6 photo was totally in need of a little cluster of fun. I mostly used the Holly Jolly Mini Sticker Tablet because the smaller size of the stickers work great in a small area. I added an enamel dot and a border sticker from the Combo Sticker sheet to finish it off.

I added the “believe” chipboard sticker here and it looks so great on this cut out from the 4x6 Elements cardstock. I did some journalling on a SN@P! card and stuck it in a photo flip with a tab from the Combo Sticker sheet. I love using those tabs on a Photo Flip to play up the interactivity.

When the Photo Flip is opened up, my kid’s Christmas lists are revealed! I like to get those in my album every year to capture what’s hot, their handwriting and what they are in to. Using a Photo Flip was a great way to get them into this page without having to add a separate page for them.

I hope you enjoyed and are inspired by this look into my December Album! Christmas scrapbooking is probably my favourite kind of scrapbooking. It’s my second year using just Simple Stories collections to put together my album and I really appreciate the range in the wintery and holiday collections so there is one for any mood of layout.


Hello Friends! It's Kristine here today to share a fun layout using the NEW collection called "Hey Crafty Girl!" It is filled with so many great elements such as sewing machines, flowers, paint bottles and so much more! It's super cute in color and you can really create fun pages with this collection. I can't wait to create a little mini album and a few more layouts with my kit. 

My layout is called Artsy Memories Made. My friends and I attend this Crop and Create event every year and we have so much fun together. This is a layout showing us being silly at a photo booth. 

I used a silhouette cameo to cut out a background for my layout, then i added small pieces of patterned papers, elements and cute little pics. To finish off my layout I added Bits & Pieces as well as a few pieces of thread to make it a bit more " crafty " of a page. 

I hope you get a change to play with " Hey, Crafty Girl" You will enjoy it!




Hey there crafty friends. I am really excited to share my snap album I created using the "Hey Crafty Girl" Collection. As you can see, the elements and pieces speak for themselves. Everything about this is just beautiful.

 Every crafty girls should own this collection because it's just so amazing and perfect for all kinds of projects you can think of.
 I decided to use the Pink Stripe Binder to go with this collection since pink is one of my favorite color.
 There's just endless possibilities using this collection.
 I wanted to add interactive elements in my album so I created these tags from the basic kit card stock paper. I added twines from my stash. I stuck them behind so that they can be pulled out.

I finally was able to use my buttons that I have been hoarding during my scrapbook days. They are just perfect for this album.
I had so much fun creating this album and I am not even finish yet. I have more ideas and pages that I want to add. 
 Yaay for my buttons which added a little flair to this page.
 "Creativity is contagious, Pass it on" It truly is contagious. I love browsing through Instagram for projects and they give me inspirations to create my own.
You can't go wrong with mixing and layering the pattern papers since they all go so well together. Just play with each elements and always have fun putting them together.

So what are you waiting for? Get going to create, design, imagine and just have fun. Thank you for stopping by.


Hey y’all! Courtney here and today I am sharing the layout I created using the So Happy Together collection. This is such a beautiful collection and I wanted to put every single piece in the collection on my layout. I decided to go with a free cut file from Paper Issues so I could use a ton of patterned papers.

For backing my cut files I used a variety of pattern papers from the 6x8 paper pad. I love having the smaller prints to use with cut files. I cut my actual cut file on the Happy Heart paper, I am obsessed with anything polka dot and black and white. I cut about an inch ½ inch on each side so I could layer the beautiful Our Story paper behind it.

After I filed my cut file, I began laying a ton of ephemera, chipboard and stickers. There is a ton of great images and tiny word phrases.

I layered a 4x4 photo that I trimmed down to fit onto the gingham 4x4 card and then I layered it onto the My Family paper. Then I finished my cluster with a word sticker, chipboard heart, and a tan from the combo sticker sheet. I completed the layout with enamel dots, I’m pretty sure I include those onto EVERY layout that I create! I hope you love this layout as much as I do!


Good morning friends! Have you ever had a moment when a certain theme or paper collection reminded you of a story you haven't told yet? Art and creativity runs in our family for at least four generations and I never thought of recording that story until I met this beautiful paper line by Simple Stories called Hey Crafty Girl.

Since there were a number of people I wanted to mention in this story, a mini book seemed like the perfect solution. I picked a decorative label shape as the base for the mini book and cut ten pieces from white cardstock. Then, I cut out twenty more pieces from patterned paper that were a bit smaller to cover all the pages.

For the front cover I cut a circle from one of the cards in the collection with the word “create,” which also served as a title for my book. I decorated the cover with another die cut piece, a few chipboard pieces and scattered enamel dots.

Most of the photos in this mini album measure about 2x3” and I printed them at home with a white border. I will be adding journaling to the tags and pieces that open like a card (behind the 3x4” elements).

I love decorating smaller format pages! As always, bits and pieces and some stickers make this step pretty easy. It was such a fun little mini book to create and I hope you will take a closer look at this beautiful collection if you haven't done so yet!


Hey there Simple Stories fans! Nicole Nowosad here with you today to share some inspiration using the new Hey Crafty Girl collection!

I just love all the colors in this collection - and a collection dedicated to all the craftiness - so perfect for those of us who have crafty friends!  I couldn't resist mixing in lots of different elements in this project from the collection, including a chipboard title using the 6x12 chipboard set and some of the die cut Bits & Pieces. 

I cut a few thin strips of the rainbow paper in the collection and used that along either side of my project, adding some photos and then the diecut elements, filling it all in with some fussy cut flowers from patterned paper.

This collection is just PERFECT for capturing those scrappy memories ! I hope you are inspired to create something fun with this collection too!


Hi there, it’s Emma with you today and I’ve been working on a fun new project. I’m now using Sn@p binders, it’s still all very new to me, so please bear with me! I’ve been using the fabulous Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse Collection, to set up my winter themed Sn@p binder. 

The first thing that I made with a sheet of 12x12 paper, was a pocket folder & some giant tags, which I’ve decorated and then left areas which will be perfect to add pictures or journal.

On the reverse side of the pocket folder I made a little shaker pocket, simply by fussy cutting out the snowman jar, sliding it inside a Sn@p flip pocket, sprinkling some sequins inside and sealing the top with some clear tape, I then used double sided sticky tape to fix it onto the back of the folder. 


I love to make dividers for my binders, and it’s such a great way to add more interest to your projects. 

I’ve decorated a couple of 6 x 4 cards to fill this pocket page, again, leaving space to add photos or journaling. 

I thought it would be fun to make some cute little cards to slot in between some of my pocket pages, the 6x8 pad makes it super easy and of course the 6x4 element pieces from the 12x12 collection kit. 

I knew I definitely wanted to use the 2x2 element pieces which are also from the 12x12 collection kit, I simply cut them out, arranged them in a way that pleased me, drew around the edge of each one, with my trademark faux stitching and also did exactly the same for the reverse side! I’m so pleased with how both sides turned out...super easy, but oh so cute!!

Hope you like what I’ve done, and that maybe it inspires you to have a play around with filling some sn@p pockets! If you would like to see more pictures using Simple Stories products then checkout my IG account.


Hi, it’s Cara here today! I hope you are having a wonderful, festive December so far. I recently went to London and the Christmas decorations were incredible! I've never seen anything like it, I was amazed by the attention to detail and a surprise was waiting for me around every corner. I wanted my layout to showcase how beautiful it all was. The Winter Farmhouse collection not only matched my favourite London photos, but really highlighted them and made my photos stand out. I chose festive papers with a Christmas feel and I love how it all turned out. 

With so many lovely papers to choose from, I decided to go with lots of layers so that I could use as many of them as possible. I used the golden floral paper aptly named Warm and Cosy as my main background because it drew out the gold tones of the lights and decorations in my photos. I love having a peek of pattern at the edges of my pages, so I trimmed down the yellow paper to let a bit of the dark Falling Snow paper show on two sides.

Hello Winter and the backside of the 4x6 elements paper matted my photos and I used both sides of Feeling Frosty for the backdrop for the title. 

Little label die cuts from the Journal Bits and Pieces were the perfect spots to add the locations of each photo and a larger label was the perfect size for my journaling. 

I sprinkled a mix of stickers, die cuts, and cardstock stickers around the page as embellishments and then I topped the whole thing off with some gems and glitter. 

Have you scrapbooked the Christmas lights in your town yet? What other festive decorations have you scrapped? 



Hi crafty friends, It’s Dorymar today with a super fun Sn@p Album with the Hey Crafty Girl Collection! This collection is seriously perfect for all crafty girls.  It’s just fantastic! 

For the cover I want to recreate a craft room, to create it I used one of the 4x6 journaling cards in combination with the gorgeous chipboard stickers. I put all of them in 3d foam dots to create layers and dimension. I love how they look together.

The mini was decorated with all the beautiful patterned papers, ephemera die cuts, chipboard pieces, stickers, buttons, ribbons, etc.  Each divider is different from the others, this makes the album very fun.  In this occasion I decided to do something crafty in honor to the collection and created three-dimensional pages.

Inside of this spread, you have space for four pictures, two of them are in dimension. Closer to the photo mats I created a fun cluster with the die cuts and embellishments.

The collection has several crafty girls and I had a lot of fun playing it on different pages. For this spread, in particular, I created an open fold layout and I used the Crafty Girls chipboards as a title, inside of this spread I created a fun dimensional page.

When you open the spread, I’ve got a HUGE 3d pop up!  There is also room for photos or memorabilia to be stored. Closer to the pop up I created little clusters with the die-cut from the ephemera packs. 

Here is a close-up of the spread. The embellishments are so beautiful, I love them all!

This spread is very fun, on the outside I wanted to keep it simple but when you open it is so fun and pretty.

I wanted to showcase the papers in this collection, so I used as much as I could.  When you see each of the pages of this album you fall in love more with the collection. Here I show you some of them.

Many pages are pocket pages with inserts.  So again, LOTS of room for photos!!

This album could not stay if the pocket page for 2x2 cards. I love these pocket pages!

I had a lot of fun designing this project and I hope it inspires you to create your own with the stunning Hey Crafty Girl Collection! Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting!


The soft blanket of snow that covered the yard last week is so beautiful and always makes me want to cozy up in my craft room and do a little creating. Hello, friends! It's Jana Eubank. Today I have two new cards to share with you using the Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse collection!

Not only is the Winter Farmhouse collection perfect for your winter projects, but they are lovely for your holiday creations as well! If you're looking for a collection WITHOUT Santa and his elves, or you just want the versatility to bounce back-and-forth from holiday projects to winter projects, this collection is a great choice!

On this first card, I used the papers from the 6x8 paper pad to build up my background. I then layered up several of the Journal Bits & Pieces and added the adorable red house from the Chipboard Sticker Sheet. A sprinkling of deep yellow enamel dots adds a bit of shine.

I couldn't help but feature the mitten banner from the Chipboard Stickers on this second card! They are so cozy and CUTE! Again, I used the 6x8 Paper Pad to build up my background and then added a cluster of Journal Bits & Pieces die cuts and a red chipboard house in the bottom right corner. 

There's nothing like creating cards on a snowy day as you listen to Christmas music and enjoy a mug of hot cocoa. These cards will be perfect to send as a holiday greeting or to warm up someone's heart in January if they are feeling bogged down by the winter blues.

I hope you'll take the time to treat yourself to a quiet afternoon of creating this winter. It's the perfect remedy for a cold, winter day!



Hello friends! It's Jennifer here on the blog today to share with you another fantastic Simple Stories collection!  Winter Farmhouse is full of eye catching prints and embellishments that are perfect to document your snow activity photos!  Honestly, I'm not a big fan of the cold weather but I do love a good winter line!  And Winter Farmhouse does not disappoint! I  began with the beautiful wood grain print of the B side of Feelin' Frosty as my background.  I  then layered a few of my favorite prints across the center of the page:   both prints of Cuddle Up and the plaid on the B side of the 4x6 Elements.

Using plaid white cardstock, I cut a snowflake wreath using a cut file from the Silhouette shop and adhered it around my photo ( #238513 by Paige Evans).     As a focal point, I   used one of the larger journaling spots from the Journal Bits and Pieces then adhered the cute yellow gingham heart with pop dots.  For my title, I  used the "hello winter" sentiment found on the 6x12 Chipboard as well as added the yellow mittens from the Bits and Pieces

Underneath my title, I  added one of the smaller journaling spots which are the perfect size to add the date.   You can also see one of the many die cut snowflakes that I  added around my wreath to accent. 

I  adhered die cuts from both the Bits and Pieces packs around my wreath using pop dots on a few to add dimension. I  love the contrast of the yellow gold against the blues and greys of the background print. 

Here, I  utilized the snowflake die cuts to accent my wreath as well as this adorable "sled rides" sign. 

I  love the little red cardinals found in the Bits and Pieces. I   had to adhere one to the top of my wreath as they always remind me of my mom.  

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!  Visit the Products page to see Winter Farmhouse in its entirety! Have a great day!


Hi everyone! Tara with Secretbees Studio! It is never too early to start craft projects. You never know what is going to come up and besides, all the beautiful paper is out just waiting to be made into something even more awesome!

Now that all of your Christmas decorations are up and your presents are wrapped (Ha!) you need something to do with your time. This mini album, made with the gorgeous My Valentine paper collection from Simple Stories, can go right on your to-do list!

This sweet album is 6 inches square and the base is chipboard, two covers and a spine, that were covered in some pearly faux leather along with some of the charming patterned paper. I took one of the layered frames of the collection and made it into a shaker filled with flowers, gems and pearls for the highlight of the cover. I then added in some Bits & Pieces, stickers and chipboard for even more pretty dimension!

There are five sections inside the album and they are all attached to the spine with coordinating twine.   All of the sections unfold to reveal more space for photos or mementos and there is a large double pocket section in the center. Each page has been beautifully decorated with the stickers, chipboard pieces, frames and Bits & Pieces of the collection that add even more charm to the gorgeous papers! Here are a few of the pages.

I'm sure you have your hands full with all of the things we do during the holidays but make sure you take time out to checkout this amazing collection from Simple Stories. You will not be disappointed and you will probably want to add it to your Christmas list! There is a short walk-through video on my YouTube channel that shows this sweet mini in more detail!


Hi there!  Nathalie with you today to share with you a new layout about documenting the Magic of Christmas using the beautiful Country Christmas.   I love the vintage, classic designs of this collection, and  it was perfect to bring the sentiment of the season to this page.

I wanted to showcase the papers in this collection, so i started by trimming  and distressing the edges of the O Christmas Tree paper, and adhere to the b-side of the Glad Tidings paper.   The color combination of these papers makes the page so festive.

To make the papers shine, i chose a simple design for the page.  First, one of the papers from the 6x8 paper pad was glued to the background ( i picked the paper to match the Glad Tidings paper).  To bring the snow details in the background, i used a cut file from Handipaper to create the snowflake cut out, and then attached it along the left side of the 6x8 paper.

The Sn@p cards are perfect to create layers, and i used one of the 4x6 and 3x4 ones behind the picture.  Then used  the Simple Basic paper pack to create a small pocket that is also layered behind the picture.  Once i attached this to the page, i used a few embellishments from the collection to bring color and fun to the page.

To finish the page, I used the large "Believe" sticker from the combo sheet and  then a small chipboard stickers.   I  chose to handwrite my journal, but finished the paragraph with a few stamped images from the coordinating stamp set.

I love how this turned out, a simple page made perfect by all the papers and embellishments from the beautiful COUNTRY CHRISTMAS collection.   Remember to check the collection, you will love how it can easily bring the magic of Christmas to your pages.